The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
Budget 2018-2020: 720 000 €
Because consumers, local authorities and rural actors are all involved in the search for sustainable food systems, it is a powerful vector for transformation. Responsible consumption movements paved the way, and cities committed to the Milan pact for sustainable food followed suit. Control over mass catering (schools, hospitals, administrations, prisons, etc.) gives cities good leverage. In rural areas with significant economic and social issues, development plans bring together a wide variety of actors. For territorialized food systems to emerge, part of agricultural production must be re-localised around cities. Sustainable agriculture practices must be adopted, food chains shortened, and greater cooperation established between urban and rural areas. This transformation must be supported by local policies (on land, food and education for example) that get various actors on board: local authorities, citizens and public and private firms that supply, transform and distribute food products.
The foundation supports several European dynamics to encourage development of these local food governance practices through their integration in national and international provisions and policies.
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